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CRYSTAL EYES (MIRADA DE CRISTAL): Watch The Trailer For Argentinian Giallo Flick

One of the takeaways from my trip to Morbido at the end of October was a sense that there is a burgeoning genre film community on the rise in Argentina. With films like What the Waters Left Behind from the...

NO DORMIRAS (YOU SHALL NOT SLEEP): New LatAm Theatrical Trailer For Gustavo Hernandez's Sleepless Horror

Production has been moving along very quickly for Gustavo Hernandez and his new film No Dormiras (You Shall Not Sleep). It was only in August that production began and now we are just over a month away from the film's...

Blu-ray Review: THE UNTAMED Seduces and Frightens

One of my favourite films of 2016, and part of a new wave of great Mexican genre cinema, The Untamed is coming to Blu-ray and DVD via Strand Releasing. Amat Escalante's fourth feature film is part social realist drama, part...

Morbido 2017: Ceremonies, Awards, Stories And Festival Wrap-up

Officially, Morbido wrapped up with the awards ceremony and closing night party last Tuesday. Public screenings have been running through to the end of this past weekend, giving opportunities for festival goers to catch up on buzz titles and...

Morbido 2017 Review: MEXICO BARBARO 2, a More Diverse Experience Than Its Predecessor

By now we are all familiar with one of the biggest trends in horror cinema, the anthology. They are seemingly the quickest and easiest way to amalgamate a central vision and theme by dividing it up into chunks and letting...

Morbido 2017 Review: LA QUINCEANERA, Luchagore's Action Web Series Packs Emotional Punches

Alejandra Santos is about to turn 15 years old. She is becoming a woman and so it is time for her coming of age ceremony, the Quinceanera, a Latin American tradition. Alejandra is troubled though because her father is nowhere...

Morbido 2017 Review: TRAUMA, Savage Chilean Horror Flick Condemns a Military Regime

Chile 1978 - A father, and agent of Pinochet’s regime, forces his son to participate in the interrogation and torture of a political prisoner.    Chile 2011 - Four women, sisters Andrea (Catalina Martin) and Camila (Macarena Carrere), their cousin...

Night Visions 2017: Fall Fest Edition Led by THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE ENDLESS and Much More

A lovely lineup of 43 features has been lined up for the fall edition of the Night Visions International Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland, which will be held during the final week of November. The leading titles of the fall...

Morbido 2017 Review: LOS OLVIDADOS (WHAT THE WATER LEFT BEHIND)

A small documentary film crew is heading to the city of Epecuen, Argentina. Lost to surging flood waters back in 1985 the town has been abandoned for over thirty years. One of the survivors from the town, Carla (Victoria Maurette),...

Morbido 2017 Review: CLEMENTINA, The Horrific Consequences of Domestic Abuse

Jimena Monteoliva’s horror flick Clementina opens to find Juana, pregnant and unconscious on the floor of her flat, lying in a pool of blood. She wakes up in a hospital three days later. She has lost the baby and a...

Morbido 2017 Review: ATERRADOS (TERRIFIED), A Terrifyingly Fun Paranormal Shocker

A husband returns home to find his wife terrified to enter their kitchen because there are voices coming from the pipes. Voices that are promising to kill her. That night as she goes to the bathroom he hears bumping from...

Pablo Trapero's Melodrama LA QUIETUD to Team Martina Gusmán and Bérénice Bejo

Pablo Trapero's bruising and intense Carancho (2010) remains high on my list of personal favorites, but he's also made Rolling Family (2004) and Lion's Den (2008) and, more recently, White Elephant and The Clan. Now his next film is ready...

TRAUMA: NC-17 Trailer For Lucio A. Rojas' LatAm Extreme Horror

The latest, and likely bloodiest, harshest and most extreme blast of violent horror cinema from Latin America comes in the form of Lucio A. Rojas' Trauma. His latest film will have its world premiere at Morbido at the end of...

ATERRADOS (TERRIFIED): Watch The Trailer For Demian Rugna's Paranormal Shocker

Demian Rugna's paranormal shocker Aterrados (Terrified) from Argentina will have its world premiere at Morbido in a couple weeks. Yesterday, Rugna quietly released a trailer the other day without letting us know, shame on him. So here it is now. ...

Morbido 2017: Full Lineup Announced, Guests in Attendance

The tenth anniversary of the Mobido Film Festival runs from Oct 26th to Nov 5th in the heart of Mexico City. Today the festival is announcing their lineup of devilish delights.    Some members of the Morbido international familia return to...

New York 2017 Review: Lucrecia Martel's ZAMA Is the Cinematic Highlight of the Year

Finding the Latin American identity, as European settlers and their offspring, has been the continuous source for great literature over 300 years. Throw in the idea of class, masculinity, racism, sense of belonging, you get a very complex picture of what makes up the theme of Zama.

THE SACRIFICE Trailer: Strange Bird Deaths and an Awakening Monster, From THE SQUAD Director

Director Jaime Osorio Marquez made his feature debut six years ago with the very moody and impressive The Squad (El Paramo). (Here's my review, as well as one by my colleague Swarez. Now he's returning with his sophomore feature, The...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, Horror and Imagination on the Streets of Mexico

Thousands of people have been murdered or gone missing in the ongoing violent drug war in Mexico. One of the often unacknowledged side effects is the now-orphaned children, many of whom end up on the streets. In her third feature,...

Rio Announces An Impressive Slate Of Genre Titles

The sprawling Festival do Rio runs from October 5th to 15th this year and - as per usual - there is a generous assortment of genre titles both in the dedicated idnight lineups and spread throughout the program. Whether you're...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GOOD MANNERS, A Fable of Love, Fear, and Kindness

There is the family you are born into, and the family you make; lovers who stay with you a long time, and ones whose time with you is brief, but make a lasting impact. What then is the nature of...